England and India in amazing tie
Bengaluru, India – England and India played to a dramatic tie in one of the greatest matches in ICC Cricket World Cup history on Sunday. The match, which saw the highest match aggregate in the tournament’s history, ended as England scored 13 runs off the final over to finish on 338-8 off their 50 overs. This was after the hosts were bowled out for 338 off 49.5 overs in front a sold out crowd at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. See full scoreboard at http://cricket.yahoo.com/postmatch-INDvsENG_23162_1 When India batted Sachin Tendulkar made 120 at better than a run a ball – his 98th international. The masterful right-hander received excellent support from left-handers Yuvraj Singh (58) and Gautam Gambhir (51). Jimmy Anderson conceded the most runs in World Cup history by an English bowler as he went for 91 runs off 9.5 overs, but England were saved by a brilliant spell from Tim Bresnan, who recorded his best ever ODI figures. The well-built pacer took his first five-wicket haul, capturing three wickets in four balls during in one over, as he ended with 5-48 from 10 overs. In reply, Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen gave England a lively start, but Pietersen was very unlucky to fall to a caught and bowled chance by Munaf Patel for 31. Strauss and Jonathan Trott then steadied the innings before leg-spinner Piyush Chawla trapped Trott LBW for 16 to leave England 111-2. Strauss and Ian Bell (69) then combined for a record-breaking third wicket partnership with the England skipper registering 158 – his highest ODI score and the highest by an England captain in the World Cup. In the process he became the sixth English player to pass 4 000 ODI runs in the process. Strauss brought up his century off just 99 balls and combined with Bell to add 170 for the third wicket, but they fell off consecutive deliveries to Zaheer Khan in the 43rd over – the first of the batting powerplay – to completely change the match. Paul Collingwood and Matt Prior followed soon after, before Michael Yardy and Bresnan both made useful contributions before getting out. Graeme Swann and Ajmal Shahzad then combined to hit 13 runs off the last over. Shahzad smashed the first ball he faced for a superb straight six to bring England back into the contest. Swann drilled the last ball to extra cover but it was well saved and England got the single to tie the memorable match.